On Friday, the New Mexico gubernatorial candidates will face off in a forum as part of the NAACP Albuquerque Civil Rights and Diversity Conference. Steve Pearce has a troubling record of uncomfortable statements about race and opposing legislation that would work to prevent discrimination. That record earned Pearce an F on the NAACP’s legislator score card for 2017.
“The scores show the huge gulf between our two choices for governor and just how incapable Steve Pearce would be of representing all New Mexicans,” said Marg Elliston, Chair of the Democratic Party of New Mexico. “There’s no excuse for the way Pearce talks about his fellow New Mexicans and how he votes against their interests.”
Pearce has a long history of voting against key discrimination protections and supporting discriminatory practices:
- 2017: Pearce voted against a measure to improve Equal Employment Opportunity Commission data collection. The Scott (VA) amendment would have gathered information about how employees are paid by race, gender, and ethnicity, helping companies find and target discrimination. [Scott (VA amendment, Vote #495, 9/13/2018]
- 2017: Pearce voted to repeal regulations requiring federal contractors to disclose violations of discrimination laws. The law repealed an executive order requiring contractors to reveal if recently found guilty of violating anti-discrimination measures.[HJRes 37, Vote #76, 3/27/2017]
- 2015: Pearce Voted Against Ensuring D.C. Students Be Protected By Civil Rights Laws. In October 2015, Pearce voted against requiring voucher students in the District of Columbia be protected by civil rights, age discrimination, and disability laws, a guarantee not found in the Scholarships for Opportunity and Results Reauthorization Act. The motion failed, 185 to 242. [H.R. 10, Vote #558, 10/21/15; CQ Floor Votes, 10/21/15]
- 2013: Pearce Voted Against Exempting a Broad Range of Regulations Enforced by Federal Agencies from Requiring Explicit Congressional Approval to Keep Families Safe and Protect Economic Growth. In 2013, Pearce voted against exempting a broad range of regulations enforced by federal agencies from requiring explicit Congressional approval to keep families safe and protect economic growth. The amendment would help prevent discrimination based on race, religion, national origin, or any other legally protected characteristic. [CQ Votes, 8/02/13] The amendment failed 185-229. [HR 367, Vote # 444, 8/02/13]